memorial

Ionia’s Kenny Felice wins memorial swim for first swim coach

Kenny Felice stepped up to the starting platform at the Ionia swimming pool. He flung his arms to stretch his back and shoulders as he had done throughout his night, his season, his career, his life.

His mind was in a couple of different places as the senior was getting ready for his final event against Williamston on Feb. 3, the 100-yard breaststroke — an event he was confident he could win. Felice was confident in himself to get a win in the 200-yard individual medley, which he did, but he had a bigger confidence in this race he was about to swim.

Greenville’s ‘perfect gentleman’ 

Former mayor, county commissioner remembered for kindness, community passion 

Throughout nearly every decade of his long life, Ron Blanding lived as a man whose commitment to serve his community never faded over time.

Blanding died on Dec. 4 at Hathaway Hills Assisted Living. He was 93 years old.